National Exhibition of Calligraphy opens at PNCA

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Islamabad—Allah has bestowed us with countless blessings, and the art of calligraphy is one of the finest means, used by people, to express gratitude to the Almighty Allah. This thought was shared by most of the artists and art lovers who had come from all over Pakistan to attend National Exhibition of Calligraphy 2011, which opened here at Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) on Friday.

The exhibition of rare calligraphic works included around 200 hundred art works of 91 artists, both veterans and young emerging artists. Affluent colours, decorative pattern and motifs, with Arabic scripture marking the magnificence of Allah in finely-finished artifacts highly impressed the visitors.

The opening ceremony of the national exhibition was started in a befitting manner, as ten prizes were awarded to the best works from the exhibition to admire the effort of the artists. Afrah Fiaz, Imran Tahir, Elahi Buksh Mutee, Muhammad Resham Khan, Nasir Khan Seemab, Sana Batool, Shakil Ismail, Sidra Qaiser, Tariq Javed, and Tayyeb Munawar were among the lucky ones to receive the award. Two special awards, Life time Achievement and Ibn-e-Maqla Award were awarded to Muhammad Elahi Buksh Mutee and Ahmed Khan, respectively. “The deserving participants were selected by a panel of jury was comprised of notable artists” told Mussarrat Nahid Imam, the Director of Visual Arts at PNCA.

Speaking on the occasion, Tauqir Nasir, Director General of PNCA said that “Exhibition of Calligraphy 2011, organized to coincide the holy month of Ramadan, is an annual event of PNCA aimed to promote this fine art form.

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